What To Do After & In Between Bikini Waxing

​Should you shave after a wax? This question and others answered about what to do (and not to do) between bikini wax appointments. Here's how to make the most out of your wax, fight bumps, and stick to this gooey hair removal method for the long haul.

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This will be different for everyone because hair grows at different rates due to genetics, age, hormones, gender and season. If this is your first waxing, or you haven't had one in some time, there is hair underneath the skin growing that hasn't reached above the skin's surface yet.

If you've had a couple of consecutive waxing appointments, three weeks is generally going to work. Again, everyone is different and this is not a rule. You'll have to find what timing is best for you. More »

Ladies and gentlemen, of course you can shave after a wax. But this will almost always put you back to square one because shaving leaves the hair with a sharp end and can make it appear thicker and darker. Waxing removes the entire hair from the follicle. When it grows back after being removed, it comes back in its natural state - a tapered edge.

If you can bear the hair and only get waxed, you will save yourself a lot of headaches. You may even notice a difference in the texture, color and amount of hair over time with frequent appointments. The worst part is waiting for your hair to grow out again!

If you find that it's too hard for you to wait to for hair to get long enough for wax, try sugaring paste. It can remove hair that's 1/16 of an inch. More »

I know a couple of people who like to tweeze any hair they can see. After waxing for a while, your hair does tend to come out easier. However, I recommend not tweezing. Every hair you tweeze will set you back.

Here's why: Our hair grows in three cycles. When you wax your body knows there isn't a hair and it starts growing one. If you tweeze some hair as it begins to sprout, you are sending hairs in the same zone you got waxed into different stages. So the next time you go to wax, you might see new hair growth sooner than you did the first time. More »

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Scrub, Scrub, Scrub After a Bikini Waxing!

I am a firm believer of regular exfoliation. I don't mean scrubbing until your skin is raw, but giving it a light buffing regularly in between bikini waxes. This helps keep the hair follicle free of dead skin cells so there's less chance of pimples and also encourages the hair to point up, beating ingrown hairs.

Manual exfoliators

  • Oily skin. This skin type often benefits from a salt based salt scrub (compare prices) about two to three times per week.
  • Normal to dry skin. A sugar scrub (compare prices) is gentler than salt and should be used at least once, up to three times per week.

Chemical exfoliators
Using a bump-fighting product like Tend Skin will also help keep ingrown hair away and encourage fresh looking skin. Barc Bump Down Razor Bump Relief is a top pick for those with dry skin because it's alcohol-free, and contains a lot of hydrating ingredients without leaving you oily.
 

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Moisturize

A good moisturizer that will not clog your pores will be an asset to keeping your skin looking soft, supple and healthy. Remember not to use any heavy or perfumed lotions the first couple of days after your waxing. Hydrated skin not only looks healthy but also makes it harder for hair to pierce skin and grow back into it, causing ingrown hair.

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Everyone Is Different

Remember that we have different skin and hair, so what works for one many not work for another. Women and men obviously aren't exactly the same. But I do recommend men heeding the same advice. Keep with the waxing and try not to give up. You will be hair free and happy.

More advice: Tips for Before Bikini Waxing and What to Do Right After a Bikini Waxing.